The Startup Page in Word 2013-2019/365 and How To Get Rid of It
(or bring it back if you lost it)
by Charles Kyle Kenyon, Esq.
Wednesday 06 April 2022.
Comments are welcome.
Introduction. This page came about as a response to someone
who asked on the Word Answers Forum about how to see templates when they
started a new document in Word 2013. After a bit of confusion it turned
out that the problem they were having was the Startup Page. What is
shown below is the default Startup Page or Start Screen.
This has several nice features and you may want to give it a chance.
It will provide a short list of your recent documents and you can get a
blank document by clicking on "Blank Document." Personally, I do not
care for it and got rid of it as quickly as I could figure out how to do
You get rid of it under File > Options > General by unchecking
an option box. If you change your mind, you can always go back and check
Once you have changed it, click on OK. I would suggest closing and
reopening Word to make sure that what you get is what you want.
Another distressing thing (for me) about Word 2013-2019(365) is that
it makes the user jump through hoops to get to custom templates, even
with the Startup screen disabled. I do most of my work using custom
templates that I have designed. In earlier versions of Word reaching
these templates was much easier. If you would like to have quick access
to your custom templates you can put an icon on the quick access toolbar
or otherwise customize your version of Word. See
File New Variations in
the Versions of Microsoft Word.
Below is a version of the Startup Screen after the user has
designated a location for user templates and for workgroup templates.
This gives two buttons (that look like text) for Featured and Custom
templates. Featured templates are those built into Word, Custom
templates are the User and Workgroup Templates.
You may see different words, or as in the first screen
shown, no words here. My thanks to this
Wiki article for the explanation for the variations in what shows
up. You might see "Featured," "Custom," "Personal," or "Shared."
If you have not defined any custom template
locations (user or workgroup) you will see none of these words in
If it says "Custom" that means you have
designated a folder as your Workgroup Templates folder and a
folder as your Custom Office Templates folder. If you click on
"Custom" it gives you the user templates folder and Workgroup
Templates folder instead of the Microsoft templates. These folders
are treated separately, not combined, and the view you get when you
open one is different in that you cannot manipulate the templates on
your computer from this dialog, only start a new document based on a
If it says "Private" that means that you have
not designated any folder as the Workgroup Templates folder and
clicking on "Private" will give you a view of the templates in your
Custom Office Templates Folder like that shown
below in Figure 2013-3. (I think. It
may simply give you another folder to click on like one of those
If it says "Shared" that means you have
defined a Workgroup templates folder but not a Custom Office
If it says "Featured" you have not defined
either the Custom Office Templates Folder nor the Workgroup
You can also have a (classic) dialog that combines your
custom (user and workgroup) templates in a tabbed dialog with smaller
icons or lists of templates that let you see more templates at once. See
File New Variations in the Versions of Microsoft
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